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"In the U.K., a 'Jammy Dodger' is a jam-filled cookie — or someone who's extremely lucky, which is probably the right term for Artie Conville in this engaging but slight first novel set in Belfast in 1988. As editor of Lyre, an obscure, publicly funded poetry magazine, Conville is a young man on the fringes of the literati, though his affection for poetry is readily apparent — he has an amazing ability to quote relevant verses for almost any situation. The plot hangs on a professional crisis: unless a new issue of Lyre appears — a good one, too — he and co-editor Oliver Sweeney will be sacked. Embarking on 'a farrago of deception,' the pair create an entire issue's worth of poems out of whole cloth. The book is essentially a comic bildungsroman: Artie doesn't want to settle down to the life of his parents (suburban, middle class, boring), but he's not truly committed to being a writer or running a magazine either. Maturity will arrive, of course, despite his efforts to slow its progress. Smith is a good writer, with a funny sensibility, but the Northern Ireland backdrop, home of 'the Troubles,' provides a disquieting undercurrent (religious hatred, intolerance, and violence) that feels at odds with the fluffy proceedings. Agent: Euan Thorneycroft, A.M. Heath & Company (U.K.)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Booker T, August 28, 2012 (view all comments by Booker T)
I laughed my leg off when I read this - just finished it yesterday and now I'm reading it again - missed some of the quotes the first time round. Highly recommended if you like comic fiction with a clever streak.
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johnnybgood, August 26, 2012 (view all comments by johnnybgood)
I took a chance on this (not my usual kind of thing) and I have to say it's without doubt the funniest book I've read in a long time. Not at first glance a likely subject for humour (Northern Ireland in the dark old '80s, guys sitting around talking about poetry and biscuits!) but against the odds it works. Made me laugh (a lot and out loud), think about stuff, and want to go back to my student days. My only complaint was there wasn't enough of it. I was really sorry when it ended. Definitely worth a look.
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ISBN:
9781908737083
Author:
Smith, Kevin
Publisher:
Sandstone Press
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Metaphysics » General
Young Adult » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the U.K., a 'Jammy Dodger' is a jam-filled cookie — or someone who's extremely lucky, which is probably the right term for Artie Conville in this engaging but slight first novel set in Belfast in 1988. As editor of Lyre, an obscure, publicly funded poetry magazine, Conville is a young man on the fringes of the literati, though his affection for poetry is readily apparent — he has an amazing ability to quote relevant verses for almost any situation. The plot hangs on a professional crisis: unless a new issue of Lyre appears — a good one, too — he and co-editor Oliver Sweeney will be sacked. Embarking on 'a farrago of deception,' the pair create an entire issue's worth of poems out of whole cloth. The book is essentially a comic bildungsroman: Artie doesn't want to settle down to the life of his parents (suburban, middle class, boring), but he's not truly committed to being a writer or running a magazine either. Maturity will arrive, of course, despite his efforts to slow its progress. Smith is a good writer, with a funny sensibility, but the Northern Ireland backdrop, home of 'the Troubles,' provides a disquieting undercurrent (religious hatred, intolerance, and violence) that feels at odds with the fluffy proceedings. Agent: Euan Thorneycroft, A.M. Heath & Company (U.K.)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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